The week ahead in southwestern Wake sports
Soccer start: Most of the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference will start league play in boys soccer next week, but Cary and Fuquay-Varina will go head-to-head on Wednesday, moving a game up from later in the season.
SWAC cross country: The first SWAC cross country conference meet is Wednesday. These were unpopular events last season. Runners are required to run in two of the three to be eligible for all-conference, and teams are limited to just 15 runners. Coaches and parents argued there was no need for the rule and it increased the likelihood of injury.
Tuesday, Sept. 2
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Boys soccer: Jordan at Holly Springs; Wake Forest at Apex; Fuquay-Varina at Millbrook; Rolesville at Panther Creek.
Girls golf: SWAC teams at Bentwinds Country Club.
Volleyball: Middle Creek at Green Hope; Fuquay-Varina at Apex; Cary at Panther Creek.
Wednesday, Sept. 3
Cross country: SWAC meet at WakeMed Park.
Boys soccer: Northern Durham at Holly Springs; Athens Drive at Riverside; Cary at Fuquay-Varina; Middle Creek at N.C. Science and Math; Panther Creek at Broughton.
Girls tennis: Athens Drive at Green Hope; Cary at Apex; Fuquay-Varina at Panther Creek; Middle Creek at Holly Springs.
Volleyball: Athens Drive at Holly Springs; Middle Creek at Triton.
Thursday, Sept. 4
Boys soccer: Leesville Road at Athens Drive; Garner at Fuquay-Varina; Cleveland at Middle Creek; Cardinal Gibbons at Cary;
Girls tennis: Green Hope at Holly Springs; Middle Creek at Athens Drive; Apex at Panther Creek; Fuquay-Varina at Cary.
Volleyball: Holly Springs at Cary; Green Hope at Fuquay-Varina; Apex at Athens Drive; Panther Creek at Middle Creek.
Friday, Sept. 5
Football: See previews in Wednesday’s paper.
Saturday, Sept. 6
Cross country: Area teams at UNC-Wilmington Seahawk Invitational.
Unless otherwise noted, game times are: 6:30 p.m. for boys soccer, 5:30 p.m. for volleyball, 6 p.m. for cross country, 3:30 p.m. for girls golf and girls tennis